Originally Posted by Double Barrel
I agree completely about heavy investment in o-line. I'm a firm believer that games are won/lost in the trenches.
A great line can make a decent RB good and a good back great. And then with a statue QB, we need all the protection that we can get.
It seems pretty evident that many of this season's problems originate directly from platooning lineman on the right side. Arian is not looking anything like he did last year, and Schaub is getting David Carr syndrome by going fetal position when he just hears footsteps.
I agree. I'm not a cap expert and have no thoughts on managing it. There were some folks around here that were working numbers as food for thought.
My main point was that the Texans never even entertained the idea, and according to Bob Allen, Manning had the Texans as no. 1 on his list but the Texans would not even grant him a meeting to discuss it. I don't think it was cap concerns as much as it is being married to Schaub. JMO obviously.
Good point on Schaub, too. I'm not sure who would have been interested in him at that point.
Hopefully the boy rises up for the playoffs and proves everyone wrong!
The 3 loses were games in which we lost the LOS battle. Especially the game against the Vikes.
Blame Schaub for falling after wiffs, blame Foster for running in to a pile or falling every chance he gets, but they had one thing in common, the OL play.
When we were blowing opponents out, the O-Line was generally mauling the other team.
If the OL doesn't get it together then Foster will get hit behind the LOS every other play, his patience is a virtue with solid OL play, but with out the OL playing well, it results in lost yardage.
In Indy and the playoffs, I think you will be able to tell how the game will go withing a series or two based on two things. How is the O-Line Playing, and are the TE's involved in the game. In our loses and tight games we struggled with one of those two, or both issues, which took away deep drops for the longer throws, play action and the bootleg, and the running game.